With nine games left to play on their shortened schedule, the Denver Nuggets must work diligently the next few weeks if they want to make the postseason for the ninth straight season.
After drubbing the Warriors 123-84 Monday night, Denver now sits at 31-26 in the eighth spot out West.
Just as in many other recent years, the race in the wild West to make the playoffs is tight, as only 2.5 games separate seeds six through 10.
The Nuggets need to play inspired basketball if they want to win and get in, which would give them valuable experience even if they go one-and-done.
Here's a look at the baby blue and gold's 10 keys down the stretch.